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2/2. The Mind – the Entrance to the Boardroom

Welcome back to our post on the inner workings of your Boardroom!!  Our theme for this post is the very important member of your BR – the Mind.  We need to examine what our mind is up to and consciously choose to ‘guard’ and even ‘renew’ its thinking.  For many people, their mind runs in many scattered directions; it may even be hard to control.

There is probably no more fascinating topic in philosophy or neurology than the mind and the relationship with consciousness.  Yet, despite the fact that the human mind has made it possible to gain an understanding of the world around us, we have learned little to help us understand the mind itself.

For example, memory is something we all have to some degree or another, yet we do not fully understand the nature of memory and how it works.  This field of study is especially important when thinking about going older and dementia.

In this post, we will continue to explain the job of the mind, how the mind works and then what influence does the mind have on the whole Boardroom of your personality.  The mind is a vital key to the journey toward Total Wholeness as we enter the rest of the Boardroom through the Mind.

A.  SAY HELLO TO THE MIND!

 1.  The JOB of the Mind

The Mind is responsible for the reasoning, logical and judging functions of the BR.  It collects data, files experiences and makes logical – or illogical – decisions.  The mind aims to plot the future and so on.  The Mind sees itself something like a very efficient Executive Secretary – in control of everything!

Most people have elevated the Mind far above all the other BR members – and even the Lord.  In fact, for some people to enter into God’s way of doing things equals ‘going insane’.  The self-loving old nature would have us believe that the Mind is the ‘real you’.  However you are more than just a thinking machine!

However, the since Mind doesn’t have all ‘the facts’, some of these decisions are misguided and mislead.  Other parts of the BR jump in and influence the Mind in its direction.  The Mind can be so focused on one path that it misses ‘the tree for the forest’.

For some people, their Mind finds a great relief when it finally knows that it is meant to be a very precious agent of the Boardroom, not the ‘Captain of the World’ – responsible for everything.  The Mind is precious – as are all the parts of your personality but it must learn that it is a TOOL, not the Director of your Life.

 2.  How does the Mind work?

 Research shows us that the brain has electrical / chemical pathways.  Tiny impulses follow these pathways when some action or thinking is necessary. The Mind basically works on making ‘ruts’ in the brain, and thus forming habit patterns.

 These patterns or networks are stored and then repeated the next time that same thought process is needed.  These pathways contain all the information our brain has collected about life, others and us.  Thus a pattern of behaviour becomes a habit.

 3.  These ‘Truths’ we COLLECT affect our whole life

M. Scott Peck in his book, ‘The Road Less Travelled’, talks about building ‘mental maps of life’ based on information collected from conception onward.  All the views we have picked up about our Self-worth, our value and even our respect for family and friends, our place in life, our capabilities, the ‘right’ goals, important values and so, all come from these mental pathways.  This information still affect us today.

However, some of this data we believe is not true.  We all have faulty information, based on false assumptions, built into this map.  Did your parents know the Truth when they looked at you?  Did your school friend, who influenced your early primary school years, have the Truth when they viewed you in a false way?  Our first 5 or 6 years are the most crucial of all our lifetime.

We have all built elaborate structures around us to deal with the pain and disappointments of life.  It is these structures that need to be pulled apart, examined and replaced with God’s view of life.  A good example of this is when we find ourselves locked into our old, inappropriate childhood ways of reacting to perceived threatening situations.

 B.  THE CONDITIONS OF THE MIND

 Depending on our upbringing, our Mind can be disciplined and directed or chaotic and scattered.  The Mind often has ‘usurped’ the authority to direct the whole of your life.  The Mind can also lead the way into mental illness, burnout or even addictions for the whole BR.

For some people, their mind is undisciplined, chaotic, unruly, deceived, blinded by the emotions,  troubled, restless, jumping from one topic to another, solid, focused, detail orientated or even obsessive about order.

 1.  There are 3 ‘conditions’ of the Mind listed in the Bible:

a)  The natural Mind which is the human condition without God, 1 Corinthians 2:14.  Mankind is hostile to God, rebellious, under-used, stubborn, self-righteous, wilfully blinded, distorted, unaware of and ignorant of God and His laws.  We see all these conditions the Mind can be in Romans 1:18- 32, John 6:44.  Unless we have seen the Truth about the spiritual world, this is ‘the state of Mind’ we live in!

b)  The carnal Mind may have the knowledge of God, but lives according to the sinful nature and desires, Romans 8:5, 1 Timothy 6:5, 2 Timothy 3:5, 2 Peter 2:22, Luke 12:48.   When the soul follows the desires and lusts of the physical body, “the flesh” is in control, rather than God-orientated spirit.

c)  The spiritual Mind lives according to the knowledge of God, shows the fruit of the spirit and is touched by the process of sanctification, 1 Corinthians 2:15-16, Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Peter 1:2, 5-7.  The mind set on good qualities and good thoughts influences the whole BR to grow in character and quality of life.

 2.  How do we try to control the Mind?

Some people turn to medications to try and control the excesses of the Mind, especially when the Mind has lists and lists of things to do.  This plays havoc with sleep patterns and times of meditation and quietness.  As the Mind wears the body down, further problems develop for the whole personality, especially affecting the body.  That is one reason why we need to be aware of what our Mind is up to in the BR!

 ——– >  The choice then is who we obey?

 3.  If we allow Him, God will change the heart but WE must ‘renew the Mind’.

We make the decision about what goes into the Mind.  We can choose to renew, change and re-shape our Minds by watching what goes into our Minds and by accepting Truth.  We must learn to break habit patterns from the old way of living.

 

 D.  WHAT DID CREATOR GOD CREATE THE MIND TO BE?

          1.  “What does the mind do?

a) Involved with the human will:

  Can be made up – 2 Corinthians 2:1,

Can make decisions – 1 Chron. 12:30

Can make plans – 2 Samuel 7:1-3,

Can be willing to do things – 1 Chron. 28:9,

Can give guidance – Ecclesiastes 2:3,

Can sing and pray – 1 Corinthians 14:15,

Can vacillate, double-minded  – James 1:8,

Can be changed – 2 Kings 24:1,

Can plot evil – Psalms 83:5.

b) Involved with Human Intelligence:

  Can be opened – Luke 24:45,

Can think – Nehemiah 5:7,

Can seek knowledge – 1 Kings 10:1-2,

Can understand – Daniel 5:12,

Can remember – Genesis 37:11,

Can be make dull, blinded, closed – 2 Corinthians  3:14, 2   Corinthians 4:4, Isaiah   44:18,

c) Involved with Human Emotions:

  Can be troubled – Genesis 41:8,

A disturbed mind – Daniel 7:15,

  The anxious mind – Deut 28:65,

  Doubts in mind – Luke 24:38.

  Out of their mind – Mark 3:21, 5:3-5, 15, Acts 26:24, 2 Corinthians 5:13.

2.  The Believer’s Mind –

a)  God and our minds:

  God searches them – Psalms 7:9, 26:2, Rev 2:23,

  God tests them – Jeremiah 11:20,

God can put His laws in them – Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 8:10,

God can guard them – Philippians 4:7,

The Holy Spirit can shape them – Romans 8:5,

We have the mind of Christ – 1 Corinthians 2:16.

b)  Our responsibility to our minds:

  They must be made new –  Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23,

Set on things above – Collisions 3:2,

We can prepare them to serve God – 1 Peter 1:13,

We must love God with our minds – Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27,

To be of one mind as followers – Acts 4:32, 1 Corinthians 1:10, 2 Corinthians 13:11, Philippians 4:8

Adapted   from Topical Index Study Bible, page 110.

 When we understand how the Mind works, we can work with the Lord to renew this ‘computer’ brain we have.  Since we have spent our whole life building these computer pathways, we need His help to renew and rework our thinking toward Truth.  As we become open to Truth, we see many of these thought patterns are based on what we ‘think’ is true – but were really ‘flawed thinking’ patterns.

 As we can see in this post on Total Wholeness and the Mind, there are many more inter-connections between the Mind and the whole of our personality than we first realise.  Therefore, it is important to learn how precious the Mind was designed to be but also to allow the Mind to step into the function our maker decided for the Mind, our ‘SuperComputer’.

 In our next post, we shall continue with the topic of the Mind in the Boardroom.  How do we sort out the purpose of this Computer brain and then, how do we guard it so that it doesn’t become corrupted with the sidetracking rubbish in our world.  Then we have included some Thinking points for the Mind.  We have also added some ‘Games for the brain’, so come back and join us,

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.totalwholeness.mentorsnotebook.com

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